Countertop Problems

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So here you are, cleaning the counter with malice toward none and a song in your heart. Then you discover remnants of: (a) Saturday night’s failed soufflé, (b) Sunday morning’s blueberry pancake batter, and (c) other assorted stone artifacts that were once food. You are not amused. You took neither Chemistry not Advanced Blasting Techniques in college. More to the point, you discover that when you spray and wipe these globs once, little or nothing happens. What to do?

First of all, when you come to a little nightmare on the countertop you have to resort to tools with greater cleaning power. Use your cleaning cloth most of the time since it normally will clean the countertop as it wipes up the Red Juice. When you encounter pockets of resistance like dried-on food, just move up to the tool of next magnitude – your white pad.

The white pad should be in your apron in a pocket lined with a plastic bag. Spray with Red Juice and agitate with the white pad until a mess of Red Juice and reconstituted five-day-old vegetable soup appears.To do this you have to learn how to tell how the counter feels when you’ve cleaned through the goop to the surface without rinsing or wiping to take a look. If you have difficulty judging when you have scrubbed down to the actual bare surface (without wiping), try spraying a little Red Juice on a clean counter area next to the dirty area you are cleaning. By first rubbing your white pad on the clean area and then the dirty area, you quickly learn to tell the difference by touch alone.

Another example of switching to a higher-horsepower tool is when you encounter food dried so hard that even a white pad takes forever to work.Let’s say drips of pancake batter have dried to malicious little bits of stone stuck to the counter. When you tried your white pad, you found that you were rubbing one micron or so off the top of the dried pancake batter every swipe. When you first encounter the problem, better to put your cloth away, grab your scraper, and scrape the batter loose in a second or two. Replace the scraper and continue along your way. Be careful not to scratch the surface: Spray the surface first and keep the blade at a low angle. Remember, increase the force or strength of the tool only as necessary.

 

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